dash light replacement - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
#1 (permalink) Old 03-31-2004, 04:35 PM
n00b
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 29
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Jetski is an unknown quantity at this point
(Thread Starter)
I have a 92 325is with a few dash lights out in the gauges? Anyone taken this apart and how hard is it? Thanks
Jetski is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 (permalink) Old 03-31-2004, 10:29 PM
ex owner/admin
 
Furious's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Toronto-Canada
Posts: 10,839
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious
Send a message via AIM to Furious
not too bad. you need to pull the gauge pod out , then the bulbs are right there.
just replace them accordingly.
do you know how to pull out the gauge pod?

Furious is offline  
#3 (permalink) Old 03-31-2004, 10:40 PM
Keep it Copacetic
 
///M Power's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St. Louis, MO ||| Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 9,481
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
///M Power has a reputation beyond repute ///M Power has a reputation beyond repute ///M Power has a reputation beyond repute ///M Power has a reputation beyond repute ///M Power has a reputation beyond repute ///M Power has a reputation beyond repute ///M Power has a reputation beyond repute ///M Power has a reputation beyond repute ///M Power has a reputation beyond repute ///M Power has a reputation beyond repute ///M Power has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via AIM to ///M Power
ohhh lame.

This will be a WHOLE lot easier if you have the tilt wheel option in your car. do you? I pray for you. Also, these lights that are out, does it only include the little fog light types or including the whole lcd accros the bottom cluster? the lcd CANT BE REPLACED ADN YOU WILL NEED A NEW DASH IF THAT IS WHAT ISN'T WORKING. tO GET IT OUT THERE ARE TWO SCREWS UP IN THE FRONT OF THE DASH AT THE TOP. oh crap i pressed caps and im too lazy to go uncaps it lol. anywho unscrew those and slide it out sideways. if you can tilt your wheel, it will slide out sideways between the wheel and the dashboard, if not you will have to stick ur hands in there and hopefully pick the right bulb (tough). good luck.


1995 BMW M3 Turbo - Dakar/Black
///M Power is offline  
#4 (permalink) Old 03-31-2004, 10:47 PM
1st Gear Member
 
M3Daemon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 266
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
M3Daemon is an unknown quantity at this point
I have taken my apart yesterday. It was easier than I thought. Here is the step by step

1. Remove the two phillips screws in the dashboard right above the clear palstic of your gauges.

2. Pry out the whole instrument cluster. In order to do that stick a knife between the instrument cluster and the dashboard (where the phillips screws were) and push it up carefully. The instrument cluster should come out.

3. Disconnect the three plugs in the back of it. You won't have much room to do that, unless you take off the steering wheel but it should be enough. Just turn the steering wheel so that it gives you the maximum room. In order to disconnect the plugs push the plastic clamps (braces) up.

4. Take out the instrument cluster completely. Again, it'll be tight with the steering wheel on, but it is possible.

The rest of the work you can do on your desk....

5. On the back of the instrument cluster you will have to take out three torx screws.

6. Open the two plastic clams on either side up and to the outside.

7. Once you remove the seal (serial # sticker) that is on it you will be able to open the instrument cluster.

8. Now you should be able to see all the bulbs. Find the right one and change it!

9. Reverse the steps to reinstall.

DONE!

<img src='http://www.geocities.com/bwloka/BimmerWerksSigV1.jpg' border='0' alt='user posted image' />
M3Daemon is offline  
#5 (permalink) Old 04-01-2004, 03:47 PM
n00b
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 29
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Jetski is an unknown quantity at this point
(Thread Starter)
cool thanks sounds like fun fun
Jetski is offline  
#6 (permalink) Old 04-04-2004, 10:25 AM
1st Gear Member
 
eloff19's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Toledo, OH
Posts: 236
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
eloff19 is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to eloff19
i've got mine out right now, but i can't get the little clamps off...do i have to push them up really hard? (i'm afraid to break them...)
eloff19 is offline  
#7 (permalink) Old 04-04-2004, 01:04 PM
Super Moderator
 
dutchbmw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: SW Minnesota
Posts: 5,370
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via AIM to dutchbmw
When you removed the whole instrument cluster, I just should replace all the bulbs, they only will costs less than $2 i guess....

BMW '96 M3 (SOLD)
June 2005 Car Of The Month!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Torque
I was just dropped off here by aliens one day. They got bored with me.
dutchbmw is offline  
#8 (permalink) Old 04-06-2004, 01:44 PM
n00b
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
lordzeke is an unknown quantity at this point
where's the cheapest place to get these bulbs, the stealer or pep boys?

<img src='http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/lordzeke/SIG1.jpg' border='0' alt='user posted image' />
lordzeke is offline  
#9 (permalink) Old 04-06-2004, 07:54 PM
1st Gear Member
 
eloff19's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Toledo, OH
Posts: 236
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
eloff19 is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to eloff19
i'm going tomorrow to the dealer to pick up a few little things, gauge bulbs included...i know they overcharge for most everything, but i don't know how expensive they can be for light bulbs. Anyway, I'll post the prices tomorrow.
eloff19 is offline  
#10 (permalink) Old 04-07-2004, 12:53 PM
n00b
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 7
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
ds16 is an unknown quantity at this point
anyone know how to change the color from orange to blue in the instrument cluster? can i just change the bulb or is there more involved?
ds16 is offline  
#11 (permalink) Old 04-07-2004, 03:01 PM
Super Moderator
 
dutchbmw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: SW Minnesota
Posts: 5,370
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute dutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via AIM to dutchbmw
I'd think it's more involved. The bulbs are normally white lighted, and the orange colour comes from the coloured plastic inside the instrument cluster!

BMW '96 M3 (SOLD)
June 2005 Car Of The Month!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Torque
I was just dropped off here by aliens one day. They got bored with me.
dutchbmw is offline  
#12 (permalink) Old 04-07-2004, 10:10 PM
n00b
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 29
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Jetski is an unknown quantity at this point
(Thread Starter)
I just did my dash light replacement today. Piece of cake and I love how bmw wiring harness unclips from the dash, so slick other car company's could learn a thing or 2. All you need is a philips screw driver and a small butter knife!!! Out in under 10 minutes.
Jetski is offline  
#13 (permalink) Old 04-07-2004, 10:57 PM
ex owner/admin
 
Furious's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Toronto-Canada
Posts: 10,839
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious
Send a message via AIM to Furious
Quote:
Originally posted by dutchbmw@Apr 7 2004, 02:41 PM
I'd think it's more involved. The bulbs are normally white lighted, and the orange colour comes from the coloured plastic inside the instrument cluster!
correct you have to change filiments on the dash. lots of people want to know how to change the colour scheme but to be honest its very hard to do and some bulbs, your not gonna find in any colour but white. you would have to put a coloured jacket on the bulb itself.

way too much work

Furious is offline  
#14 (permalink) Old 04-07-2004, 11:00 PM
1st Gear Member
 
eloff19's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Toledo, OH
Posts: 236
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
eloff19 is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to eloff19
Quote:
Originally posted by Jetski@Apr 8 2004, 12:50 AM
I love how bmw wiring harness unclips from the dash, so slick other car company's could learn a thing or 2.
I feel stupid, I couldn't figure it out and ended up breaking two of the three by mistake ghead
eloff19 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E36)


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"help! I Want Better Headlights On My 3er!" jlevi 3-Series (E46, E90) 55 11-19-2012 01:23 PM
Dash Light Replacement 94325is 3-Series (E36) 5 10-04-2005 08:16 PM
Please help with dash light!!!! romans328 3-Series (E46, E90) 1 09-08-2005 12:17 AM
ABS light in dash Turbodefrost 3-Series (E36) 3 06-21-2004 03:37 PM
brake pad replacement light sie1978 3-Series (E46, E90) 4 01-01-2004 04:56 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome